VAN­DALS STRIKE

Parc Padarn suf­fers dam­age on Hal­loween

Caernarfon Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Eryl Crump

VAN­DALS dam­aged a pop­u­lar recre­ational site in a vil­lage in Snow­do­nia on Hal­lowe’en.

Benches, signs and a fence were dam­aged in the boat land­ing area of Parc Padarn, Llan­beris.

The area, which is next to the chil­dren’s play­ground by Llyn Padarn is very pop­u­lar with lo­cals and tourists, and it was feared that the dam­age done to the equip­ment will have had a neg­a­tive ef­fect on peo­ple’s en­joy­ment of the park, es­pe­cially over half-term.

Barry Davies, Gwynedd Coun­cil’s Prin­ci­pal Mar­itime and Coun­try Parks Of­fi­cer, said: “It’s so sad to see dam­age like this.

“I’m sure peo­ple who use the play area or those who visit Parc Padarn to walk and en­joy the nat­u­ral beauty will be very dis­ap­pointed.

“Van­dal­ism like this is costly for Gwynedd ratepay­ers as Coun­cil of­fi­cers will have to spend time on the is­sue and we will have to pay to fix or re­store the equip­ment.

“This does not re­flect well on an area which has won the Green Flag award and has been the lo­ca­tion for many na­ture pro­grammes on tele­vi­sion re­cently, es­pe­cially when lo­cal chil­dren are en­joy­ing their half term hol­i­days.

“We would ap­peal to those who com­mit­ted th­ese acts of van­dal­ism to re­spect pub­lic prop­erty and to think about the ef­fect it has on the com­mu­nity.”

Mr Davies ap­pealed for any­one with in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the in­ci­dent to con­tact North Wales Po­lice on 101 or the Gwynedd Coun­cil Ru­ral Parks Unit on 01758 704066.

PICTURES:P GWYNEDD COUNCILC

● Dam­age caused by van­dals at Parc Padarn, L Llan­beris

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